Upcoming SDG "So What?": Decent Work (SDG 8) & Climate Change (SDG 13), September 3

On the occasion of the centenary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and in the lead up to the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, the SDG Lab and the ILO will be co-hosting the sixth iteration of the SDG "So What?" series exploring Decent Work (SDG 8) and Climate Change (SDG 13), in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Mark your calendar:
Date: Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Location: Hall XIV, Palais des Nations
Time: 3 - 5 pm

Information on how to register will be available soon.


The “So What?” Series events focus on the linkages between two targets or goals that are not often discussed in conjunction. By fostering a conversation on what the “indivisibility” of the Sustainable Development Goals actually means in practice, the event aims to support policy makers and practitioners in translating the integrated nature of the SDGs into action, and open paths to new ways of operating and partnering within the Geneva ecosystem and beyond.

It is known that SDG 8 and SDG 13 are strongly interlinked, but how do they actually interact in practice? What are the incentives for policymakers and practitioners to look at jobs through the lens of climate change, and climate change through the lens of employment? How are governments and other stakeholders adapting policies to address the correlations between job creation and environmental challenges, including climate change? If governments play a primordial role through policies in just transition, what are the incentives of other stakeholders to be engaged in a green, sustainable and inclusive economy and jobs?

At this upcoming “So What?” diverse stakeholders will engage the audience in an interactive dialogue about advancing SDG 8 and 13 by sharing their experiences and concrete examples, focusing on how looking at both these goals in conjunction allows for acceleration of results in the SDGs.

This year — 2019 — marks the 100th anniversary of the ILO. The UN Climate Action Summit will be taking place from September 21-23, 2019. This will be an opportunity to gather practitioners from Geneva and beyond to focus on this topic, deepen the reflection on their interactions and the integrated nature of the 2030 Agenda, and support further its implementation.